My first full color horse drawing!
Created with Derwent Pastel Pencils in about 35 hours.
Anonymous sent: Have you ever worked with pastel?
Yes, and I love it! I work solely with dry media, so pastel is my go-to when I’m craving color. :)
Created with chalk and charcoal in about 20 hours.
Testing out new art supplies! PanPastels are so fun!
Hey everyone! In some previous blog posts, I mentioned that I’m struggling with an injury to my drawing arm. Although I hoped that the problem would have totally gone away after more than a month of rest, it actually hasn’t, and I’m still struggling with it at this very moment. It’s actually been harder emotionally than it has physically. I’ve decided to go ahead and write a blog entry about it, not only to keep my followers in the loop but also as a cautionary tale to any artists out there who have not yet sustained an injury. If I had been more aware of the risks, maybe this would never have happened to me, so the very least I can do is try to help those who aren’t aware of the risks.
I’ve been in this place more times than I want to think about. If you are an artist - you must protect your hands!
I’ve had tendonitis, multiple sprains, and ganglion cysts on my wrists from overworking. I can easily draw for 12+ hours if I’m not careful. You just get into the zone and lose track of time and forget the strain you are putting on your body.
Here’s some things you can do to protect your most important tool:
1- Use a timer when you are drawing. Take breaks to get up and stretch.
2- Make your drawing area ergonomic. Support your arm/wrist.
3- Take up yoga. Gentle stretching and strength is a huge preventative must!
4- Wear a brace to bed. This will keep you from curling your wrists and compressing those tendons all night.
5- If you accidentally over did it - Ice immediately to reduce inflammation. Get yourself some Arnica(all natural pain relief) it will help speed up healing. And REST!
Take care, fellow artists!
Cady, Maggie, and Dewey all together!
Their owners asked me to bring their 3 Scotties together using 6 different photographs that were taken over the span of about 20 years. All three were a very special part of their family and it was so neat getting to learn how each one filled a special place.
Created with chalk and charcoal on 16x20 gray Strathmore paper in about 60 hours.
I sent this to the wonderful people who donated a BUNCH of art supplies.
It’s not much, but I hope it makes them smile. :)
Prismacolor on Bristol Vellum paper
The Monticello Dam is famous for its classic, uncontrolled morning-glory type spillway and is the largest in the world.
This was a commissioned piece, and I fell in love with the picture my client sent me. It has a sense of both danger and tranquility I really love.
Created with my favorite chalk and charcoal technique on very textured paper and finished in about 45 hours.
SO … I was blown away by this huge gift that was donated to my church and they gave it all to me?
A bunch of Strathmore paper (my favorite!) and around 200 Prismacolor colored pencils and a set of watercolor pencils!
I don’t know if the people who donated know what that’s all worth? There’s like hundreds of dollars worth of sketchbooks and pencils in this box and I’m totally blown away by this generosity.
How do I even say thank you for this?!?
Doodle from my sketchbook - just a little way to relax. :)